Toe Salad

Beyond our Boundaries, Episode 4: Moving

How do we manage to take off from life for 6 months to hike in the woods? One way to make this more affordable was to become homeless for our hike, moving our belongings into storage. After doing that we had a long drive, first to Maine, then down to Georgia. Before we even start the trail we have a journey of multiple beginnings.

Vibram FiveFingers Max Feel shoes

In 2013 Vibram launched the FiveFingers EL-X; their most minimal shoe to date, designed for low impact activities and light fitness. The EL-X was built on a completely new sole, created to provide the ultimate barefoot feel. Vibram now has a few models with this sole, all of which are in Vibram’s new Max Feel range. I will talk a little bit about these other models later on in this article.

Our Footwear Strategy for the Appalachian Trail

In less than two weeks, we hit the trail. Since here at Toe Salad we have the tendency to talk about shoes, you would think that this aspect of our gear planning was the first to get checked off the list. Au contraire, at the eleventh hour, we are still putting the finishing touches on our footwear plan.

Beyond our Boundaries, Episode 2: Meet the Family

Who is the Tougas family? In this episode we introduce ourselves. And as you'll see, we're an ordinary family getting ready for an extraordinary adventure. Everyone wants to know - what do the kids think? They answer that question and a few more, and even discuss trail make-up options. We are counting down the days till our departure. Don't let the list of the things we have left to do make your head spin. Day by day, we are a family team working our way to the trail.

Zero-Drop, Waterproof, and Trail-Ready, The Merrell Ascend Glove GTX

With 6mm of cushioning, 10.5mm of stack-height (the total thickness under your foot) and 0mm of drop, it is a bigger brother of the well-known Trail Glove that has 4mm of cushioning. This also means that the Ascend Glove has more insulation from the cold ground. On my December backpacking trip, there was one night where the temperature dropped below freezing. Although I had stored the shoes in the vestibule of my tent at night, and I was wearing thin socks, the Ascend Glove kept my feet warm in the cold morning...

Minimalist Dress Shoes for Women: The WildFlower Series

It is safe to say that there are not many dressy minimalist options for women. We want shoes that support healthy feet every day, for all activities. This includes dancing the night away, but the availability of such shoes is virtually non-existent. Unshoes is moving forward with a solution to this problem: A minimalist sandal made specifically for that special occasion. Maybe it is your wedding day, maybe it is a concert, maybe it is work related, or maybe it is that one fun date night with your husband...

Is this Ingredient Missing from your Active Lifestyle?

It’s no secret: generally speaking, adults have lost the ability to play. To enjoy romping in puddles... mud oozing up over our shoes, hot lava games... narrowly escaping the singing of our barefoot toes, tag, time travel to distant lands, and stretching our imaginations while giving our bodies a healthy boost of exercise. As we emerge into adulthood, play becomes a thing of the past and exercise becomes a work-out that we check off our to-do list. We trade play in for work. We trade fun in for the latest yoga DVD or a possibly boring treadmill run.

Minimalist and Winterized, the VIVOBAREFOOT Scott

I have been wearing the VIVOBAREFOOT Scott for some time now and I have been very pleased with it. We first mentioned this shoe in the VIVOBAREFOOT winter range write-up last fall. I wanted to write about the Scott's cold weather capabilities but winter hasn’t really started up in the part of Europe where I live (Toe Salad readers in North America will probably frown when they read this).

Beyond our Boundaries, Episode 1: Project Launch

In this launch episode we welcome you to the project and talk a bit about our Kickstarter campaign which made this project possible. Right now, preparation is the name of the game and we show you our bin system for sorting and tracking five sets of gear. The kids share a clothing montage in which you'll see, in an engaging way, the clothing we are packing and anticipate wearing. This is a creative family project, all the way, and is "real life" learning for our kids. Video, audio, photography, artwork, computer work, artwork, and research - we all participate, according to our strengths and interests. Want to see our training regime? It's too much fun to be called training. Finally, we end with a thank you for the support of our Kickstarter backers who made this possible.

All Seasons, All Uses - a Review of Woolpower Liner Socks

Where most socks these days have padding zones, air channels and even ankle bandages Woolpower socks are still just no-frills socks made out of a mix of merino wool, polyamide, polyester and elastane. Does that make them inferior to all those high tech socks?

All Seasons, All Uses - a Review of Woolpower Liner Socks

Where most socks these days have padding zones, air channels and even ankle bandages Woolpower socks are still just no-frills socks made out of a mix of merino wool, polyamide, polyester and elastane. Does that make them inferior to all those high tech socks?

Sawyer Sponsors Beyond our Boundaries

Sawyer Products offer effective and reliable products for outdoor protection; they specialize in advanced and easy to use solutions in water treatment, bug repellent, sunscreen, and first aid. For our Appalachian adventure Sawyer is helping to keep our family safe by providing us with insect protection and water filtration. In addition, they are stocking our first aid kit with more supplies and providing us sunscreen.

Sawyer Sponsors Beyond our Boundaries

Sawyer Products offer effective and reliable products for outdoor protection; they specialize in advanced and easy to use solutions in water treatment, bug repellent, sunscreen, and first aid. For our Appalachian adventure Sawyer is helping to keep our family safe by providing us with insect protection and water filtration. In addition, they are stocking our first aid kit with more supplies and providing us sunscreen.

The Art of Unshoe Fitting - The Pah Tempe

Since their inception, Unshoes has been working towards making the purchase and use of huarache sandals a no-brainer. They have always used flat webbing for comfort, and eschewed the requirement for complicated lacing patterns or a knot under the toe. Additionally, they were one of the first huarache companies to develop designs that don't require a strap between the toes (although they do have between-the-toes designs too). Now, they are in the process of revolutionizing the way you size your footwear.

The Art of Unshoe Fitting - The Pah Tempe

Since their inception, Unshoes has been working towards making the purchase and use of huarache sandals a no-brainer. They have always used flat webbing for comfort, and eschewed the requirement for complicated lacing patterns or a knot under the toe. Additionally, they were one of the first huarache companies to develop designs that don't require a strap between the toes (although they do have between-the-toes designs too). Now, they are in the process of revolutionizing the way you size your footwear.

Continuing to Learn from the Road and Trail

Last year I published an article which discussed some of what I had learned throughout my admittedly short running "career", the article continues to be one of the first I recommend to friends new to running as well as those new to minimalist running. That article includes discussion on: minimalist running, proper footwear, MAF or aerobic training, and the importance of R&R (rest and rolling). If you haven't read that article I highly recommend you start there as my opinions on the topics presented has not changed much over the last few months and I believe all runners could gain from applying at least some of what is presented. When I wrote that first article, I intended to quickly follow-up with a second part. This is the long-delayed follow up.

Continuing to Learn from the Road and Trail

Last year I published an article which discussed some of what I had learned throughout my admittedly short running "career", the article continues to be one of the first I recommend to friends new to running as well as those new to minimalist running. That article includes discussion on: minimalist running, proper footwear, MAF or aerobic training, and the importance of R&R (rest and rolling). If you haven't read that article I highly recommend you start there as my opinions on the topics presented has not changed much over the last few months and I believe all runners could gain from applying at least some of what is presented. When I wrote that first article, I intended to quickly follow-up with a second part. This is the long-delayed follow up.

Toe Salad Chatter Around the Interwebs

Here we are now, at the half-way point of our campaign, and already 80% funded. The prognosis looks good, I think we are going to make it. Support for our project has been overwhelming. We have been truly humbled by the generosity of our backers, and all of the help we have gotten through the blogging community in helping us to get the word out.

Toe Salad Chatter Around the Interwebs

Here we are now, at the half-way point of our campaign, and already 80% funded. The prognosis looks good, I think we are going to make it. Support for our project has been overwhelming. We have been truly humbled by the generosity of our backers, and all of the help we have gotten through the blogging community in helping us to get the word out.

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